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The Jester Audiobook

The Jester

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Publisher's Summary

Hugh De Luc, a poor innkeeper, returns home from the First Crusade wearied from battle and disillusioned by carnage. After journeying from the Holy Land back to his own small village, he finds his nightmare is just beginning.

In his absence, Hugh's son has been killed and his beloved wife, Sophie, abducted by a ruthless duke in search of a priceless relic dating back to the Crucifixion. Taking on the role of a jester, Hugh infiltrates the court where he believes Sophie is held captive. There he confronts men more evil than he ever imagined and embarks on an epic battle to restore his broken life.

©2003 James Patterson, All Rights Reserved.; (P)2003 Time Warner AudioBooks, A Division of AOL Time Warner Book Group

What the Critics Say

"From start to finish, this is supersmart popular fiction, slick yet stirring...unforgettable characters...Patterson's fans will love this one." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Tamarala Avondale, AZ, USA 05-31-03
    Tamarala Avondale, AZ, USA 05-31-03 Member Since 2017
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    "HORRIBLE"

    I like James Patterson. However, this is a waste of his talents. I never thought it would end. Characters are contrived, story line is incoherent, unrealistic, poorly written, and a waste of money and time. In short, Patterson is capable of much better than this drivel!

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    Charles St Petersburg, FL, USA 05-25-03
    Charles St Petersburg, FL, USA 05-25-03
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    "Patterson's Best"

    Although a departure for Patterson, this is his best book yet. It grabs and holds you from start to finish. The biggest problem with this book is that nowhere within it did I find a "good" place to stop and take a break. You find yourself wanting to keep going until you reach the end, then being disappointed that the end got there so quickly. Listening to this book on CD is what prompted me to become an AudioListener.

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    Michael Fort Wayne, IN, USA 05-19-03
    Michael Fort Wayne, IN, USA 05-19-03
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    "SAVE YOUR MONEY!"

    This is the first book by James Patterson I have ever read/heard and it will almost certainly be my last. I listened for about an hour and a half and finally turned it off. The writing was on a sophmoric level and was filled with gratuitous violence (severe violence) that did nothing to foward the plot at all. The characters were unintersting and greatly underdeveloped. This book is a prime example of the downward spiral of modern fiction compared to the great literature of the past. Unless if savage murder and rape with gratuitous sex turns you on, save your money and time.

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    David Statesville, NC, USA 05-04-03
    David Statesville, NC, USA 05-04-03
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    "Excellent Old World Adventure"

    It starts a bit slow but the pace picks up quickly. Soon you will be amazed at unexpected plot twists. This book is not for the weak of heart. Old world war fighting is most bloddy and grusome.

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    Justin Vancouver, WA, USA 05-03-03
    Justin Vancouver, WA, USA 05-03-03
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    "Very entertaining"

    A good yarn. If you liked Timeline you should enjoy this.

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    Mike United States 05-01-03
    Mike United States 05-01-03 Listener Since 2002
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    "Fabulous book"

    I wasn't sure what to expect since the other James Patterson books I have listened to were mysteries, but The Jester was an incredible pleasure. The story holds your interest so much so that I was looking forward to my hour commute to work so I could continue with it. I was sorry when it was over. Definitely worthwhile.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Dallas 04-27-03
    Joel Dallas 04-27-03 Member Since 2002

    I have listened to over 250 books in the last 10 years. I tend to listen to certain authors and try to read all their books. I listen while exercising and driving which makes the time past enjoyable.

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    "3children"

    Patterson does not write a historical novel as well as he does a detective story. The plot gets boring and contrived, with out much intrigue.

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    Skeptical consumer East coast, USA 04-26-03
    Skeptical consumer East coast, USA 04-26-03
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    "Superb"

    This is my first Patterson book and won't be my last! The combination of a fantastic story and, rarely mentioned in these reviews I think, the outrageously entertaining narration by Niel Dickson made for a truely memorable experience. I look forward to the sequal.

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    Calvin Alexandria, VA, USA 04-26-03
    Calvin Alexandria, VA, USA 04-26-03
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    "Long But Worth The Time"

    Jester was a twisting and turning tale that kept my interest the whole way even though it took 12 CD's to finish it. Fun history with blood and guts and a romantic high ground, I was guessing until almost the end. The reader also did a nice job in switching between characters - excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sri MVY 04-18-03
    Sri MVY 04-18-03 Listener Since 2003

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    "A good listen"

    I was surprised to be drawn in by this different sort of write for Patterson, but the story had enough twists and turns to keep my attention and enjoyment. I felt there was, however, a bit too much graphic drawn out gory battle scenes for my taste. I enjoyed the narrator very much, seemed perfect for the story.

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